Tuesday, May 01, 2012

Homosexual Activist To Dan Savage: "Apologize"

Yesterday, I wrote about how Seattle columnist Dan Savage, in his keynote address to several thousand high school students at the national journalism convention in Seattle, slammed the Bible, Christianity and mocked those students who are biblical Christians, as they walked out of the convention.

Now the leader of a homosexual activist organization is calling for Savage to apologize.

And Dan Savage is trying to walk back and revise his profane comments.


Todd Starnes, at Fox News, reported, "Savage, the founder of the “It Gets Better” anti-bullying project is facing criticism for delivering a Bible-bashing, profanity-laced speech to high school students attending a journalism conference sponsored by the National Scholastic Press Association and the Journalism Education Association."

At one point Savage called Christian teenagers who walked out of the speech “pansy-assed.”

“We can learn to ignore the bullshit in the Bible about gay people — the same way we have learned to ignore the bullshit in the Bible about shellfish, about slavery, about dinner, about farming, about menstruation about virginity about masturbation,” he told the young students. “We ignore bullshit in the Bible about all sorts of things.” Savage said.

Starnes wrote, "Jimmy LaSalvia, executive director of GOProud, called those statements 'outrageous' and demanded an apology.

“Dan Savage should apologize for his comments and should apologize to the high school students in attendance whom he called ‘pansy-asses,’” continued LaSalvia. “It is ironic that someone whose claim to fame is fighting bullying would resort to bullying tactics in attacking high school students who were offended by his outrageous remarks.”

LaSalvia said people of faith should be treated with respect. “Dan Savage’s outrageous anti-Christian tirade hurts – not helps – the fight for gay rights in this country,” LaSalvia said in a statement.

After creating a national backlash, Savage is revising what he said and what he meant. And sort of apologizing.

The far left Huffington Post has, along with the Convention sponsors, sprung to Savage's defense.

Huff Post published this:


Dan Savage is speaking out after his obscenity-laced speech at the National High School Journalist Conference in Seattle sparked a national controversy.

The outspoken lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights advocate addressed the backlash on his blog late Sunday. "I would like to apologize for describing that walk out as a pansy-assed move," he writes. "I wasn't calling the handful of students who left pansies (2,800+ students, most of them Christian, stayed and listened), just the walk-out itself. But that's a distinction without a difference -- kinda like when religious conservatives tells their gay friends that they 'love the sinner, hate the sin.'"

Savage continued:

"I didn't call anyone's religion bullshit. I did say that there is bullshit -- 'untrue words or ideas' -- in the Bible. That is being spun as an attack on Christianity.

I was not attacking the faith in which I was raised. I was attacking the argument that gay people must be discriminated against -- and anti-bullying programs that address anti-gay bullying should be blocked (or exceptions should be made for bullying 'motivated by faith') -- because it says right there in the Bible that being gay is wrong. Yet the same people who make that claim choose to ignore what the Bible has to say about a great deal else. I did not attack Christianity. I attacked hypocrisy."

No, Mr. Savage, you demonstrated hypocrisy. And dishonesty.

He does not know the faith of "most kids at the convention" who "stayed and listened."

No one is "spinning" this fiasco except him and his accomplices. This was one of the most blatant, blasphemous public attacks on Christianity I have seen in my years in the ministry.

The Huff Post and the convention sponsors, in their defense of Savage, seem to be labeling the children who walked out as weaker than those who stayed.

We need a spiritual renewal in this country.

We truly are "Stumbling Toward Gomorrah." God help us.

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12 comments:

  1. Nothing surprising here. Savage is what he is. School admin are sympathetic and complicit. The right minded should have never attended. The only thing that can be taken away from this encounter is that evil still exists in the world.

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  2. Savage has already been outed for what he is...
    A bully and a hypocrite.

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  3. He already has apologized. You published it. What do you want him to do, lie about how he feels some Christianists interpret the Bible?

    Free speech goes both ways, his only rude transgressions were using the word 'bull'whatever, and the rude thing he called the students that had left when he told the group to tell them they could come back in.

    Craig and I have had conversations here that covered similar topics just with nicer words.

    He apologized for the tone of the delivery, that's all that need be done.

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    1. While I disagree with Mr. Savage's interpretation of Scripture, he is free to spout off per the 1st Amendment. Unfortunately, he choose to do so in an impolite manner and with malice aforethought. We have been able to have those conversations and stridently defend our positions w/o demonizing each other by at least remaining respectful.

      Mr. Savage could use a course in polite discourse=)

      Craig in Lacey

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    2. Its not how he makes his money, just like Limbaugh, O'Reilly, Olbermann and that those shock radio people.

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    3. After Savage 1) wished that all Republicans were f*cking dead" on Real Time, 2) wished that progressives who voted for Nader would be beaten with sticks", and 3) wished that Carl Romanelli would be "dragged behind a back of a pickup truck until there was nothing left but the rope", do you honestly expect me to think he's sincere?

      IF he were really sorry, he'd make a conscious effort to avoid this kind of conduct again. It's rather obvious that he hasn't done this, therefore I don't buy any "apology" he offers, since it'll only be a matter of months before he bashes someone else and then offers yet another apology, then bashes someone else, rinse, lather, repeat.

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  4. Oh Oshtur, Oshtur.

    I can just imagine what you would have to say about an apology couched like that if it was someone you would demand an apology from. You must be kidding. Savage is who he is and he spewed it out of him mouth and he bullied the entire audience. I'm sure there we young people who wanted to leave but didn't because they didn't want to be singled out.

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    1. Yes I'm sure you can imagine - if you actually knew me you'd know that I never want anyone to apologize for anything other than errors, which he did. Beyond that he has a right to his opinion, right?

      And now that its known this was a staged event, that Focus on the Family even had a camera set up to take pictures of the prescheduled walkout on their anti-'Day of Silence' date and it shows the first students starting getting up before Dan even was talking about religion.

      No different than the uniformed 'anarchists' that infiltrated the May day rallies here - they both came with an agenda and enacted it. Giving either group too much attention is just giving them what they want.

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  5. I find it fascinating that in all of these discussions, it hasn't been noted that these are Journalism students and many of them missed one of the most interesting events ever in this whole debate because their personal belief system was offended. I wish them well, but I'm not sure fox news will have that many openings.

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  6. Chutzpah!

    It takes a lot of chutzpah to write a post 24 hours after a man apologized for something, and fail to even mention the apology.

    It takes an astounding level of chutzpah to write a headline about demands for an apology, and quote from an article that links to the apology (apparently linking to Mr Savage's apology its self would have made the dishonesty to obvious), all the while pretending no apology took place.

    If this is truly "...one of the most blatant, blasphemous public attacks on Christianity I have seen in my years in the ministry." you should be happy. After all, it pales in comparison the vulgar, deceitful attacks on LGBT people that appear on this blog on a regular basis.

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  7. anom 221 Good grief , you read Savages apology ?????????????? He apologized for the name calling .


    If this guy made the same comments but directed them to homosexuality , then apologized for the name calling , but not the attack on religion the media and you would be all over it .

    we all know it , shhhhh

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  8. Ha , just figure if homosexulity was discussed because of the personal belief that sexual perversion is somehow
    helpfull t tolerance , then wonder why people would be upset .

    Savahe is an idiot . Helps fundraising for the religious right , but besides that shows the liberal understanding of tolerance as being so limited .

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